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Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.

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TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple Maps data

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 09:10
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.

Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.

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Tests find Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9 just as prone to bending as iPhone 6

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Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2015, 08:41
Category: Fun, iPhone, News

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Remember all the grief Apple and iPhone 6 owners went through last fall when they found that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be bent, thereby resulting in “Bendgate”?

The same is apparently true for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone and the HTC One M9.

A recent video issued by third-party warranty firm SquareTrade showed the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bending under no less than 110 pounds of pressure and the One M9 to bend at 120 lbs of pressure.

Although the Galaxy S6 Edge’s pressure limits are comparable to the iPhone 6 Plus’ testing, the Galaxy’s screen ended up cracking under the pressure instead of slightly bending similar to Apple’s plus-size iPhone model. The HTC One M9 lasted further than its two competitors, reaching 120 lbs of pressure, but the phone was rendered useless thanks to a faulty power button following the pressure test.

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Apple modeling Apple Watch try-on/appointment experience after updated Genius Bar changes

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 08:24
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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The scheduling and appointment-based changes that seem to be effective for the Genius Bar will apparently be used for Apple Watch try-ons and appointments.

Recently, sources have indicated that Apple will be focusing on appointments to try on and view the Apple Watch upon its release later this month. These changes, which are similar to those that have been implemented at the Genius Bar (wherein the Genius Bar will handle walk-in appointments by taking a customer’s cell phone number, encouraging them to walk around and then texting updates as to their waiting times), will also be used for Apple Watch customers.
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First 12-inch MacBook unboxing video hits

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 16:59
Category: MacBook, News

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If you’ve been hankering for an early unboxing video of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, you’ve got it.

It’s in Vietnamese.

Still, it’s an unboxing video, a bit early and it shows the new 29-watt power brick, 2-meter charging cable and brand new USB Type C connectors.

The company appears to have eschewed the longer power cord that it includes with its other notebook, though the power brick does feature interchangeable plugs. Also gone are the flip-up winding posts that have long adorned Apple’s power bricks.
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Pandora CFO points towards upcoming CarPlay integration

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 08:30
Category: News

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Apple and Pandora could be teaming up where CarPlay is concerned.

As part of a wide ranging interview with FOX Business Network on Tuesday, Pandora’s chief financial officer Mike Herring broke the silence on upcoming compatibility with Apple’s in-car infotainment solution, saying the streaming service will “definitely be in CarPlay.”

While Herring failed to produce a timeline of availability, he is the first company official to comment on Pandora’s CarPlay plans. Pandora was a glaring omission when Apple announced CarPlay one year ago, and the streaming Internet music giant has yet to make its way onto Apple’s in-dash system.
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Apple invites Apple Watch submissions from all third-party developers

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 13:15
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Wearables

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If you were planning on writing a function for the Apple Watch, now’s the time to begin.

Apple has officially invited all third party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.

As a reminder, Watch apps come bundled as extensions inside normal iOS apps. This means customers can update the apps in the iPhone ready for the Watch’s release on the 24th. Apple is pointing developers to the submission reference guidelines for more information on this process.
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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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Apple to hold Q2 earnings on Monday, April 27th

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 07:49
Category: Finance, News

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Apple’s most recent profit report will take place on Monday, April 27th.

The Q2 earnings report will take place at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST, and audio from the call will be streamed on Apple’s website.

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Apple Watch could help lend data to hyper-local weather prediction apps

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 07:46
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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A lot of attention has gone into the upcoming Apple Watch’s biometric and health-centric sensors, but the device could also be great for weather forecasting.

Last fall, after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and its barometer, meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote a giddy blog post about the promise of smartphone barometers. He said experimental results from his research team show that dense networks of mobile barometers alone can create highly accurate three-dimensional weather maps. That “almost sounds like magic” to Mass.

The implications of highly localized weather forecasts are profound. The Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel, has used local weather forecasts to drive increased revenue through context-specific advertising for years. Dense networks of barometer-enabled smartphones in India and Africa could boost local economies by aiding agriculture and other weather-dependent sectors.
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